Photo by Marshall Tidrick

Photo by Marshall Tidrick

THE ETHOS - Dahlia Dandashi

I grew up as a third-culture kid in Dubai, a city surrounded by beach, palm trees, sand and an international community. When I was 18, I left my expat life to attend the University of Texas at Austin.

My love for poetry and obsession with books led me to believe I wanted to be a writer (whatever that meant), but by the end of my studies, I found that I was constantly hungry for something more than text on a page. I majored in journalism but my minor in business foundations is what pushed me to explore branding, marketing, multimedia content creation and project-focused work. I quit my newsroom job and am now a full time freelance content producer with a passion for words, conceptual photography and collaboration.  

With my personal work, I connect my Arab culture and upbringing in the Middle East to the life I live and love in the West. My portfolio is a glimpse into my colorful world of film and digital with moments, places and people from all over the globe and my many lives. 

I am currently part of the IG Austin Texas team, helping to connect creatives and lead marketing efforts, as well as the Director of Brand Communications for 41 Winks. I am a former social content producer for the Austin American-Statesman, as well as former writer for the Daily Dot and photo editor for ORANGE Magazine.

I've freelanced for clients such as VICELANDNaturally Curly, BossBabesATX, and Pyknic. My personal work has been featured and/or published in FoulMOUTH Zine, Tittie Talk Pod, Graphite Publications and Waasta. 

You'll probably find me eating a taco, chugging down a cold brew, pretending to write in my agenda or editing photos.

To inquire about my services, rates, purchase prints, or learn about work I've done, email me at or find me on Instagram. For more professional work experience, visit my Linkedin. Let's chat!